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Editor’s comment: Stealing from charity shop is a new low

PUBLISHED: 10:17 19 June 2017

Manager Sue Barnes at The Little Havens charity shop, Collier Row Road, Collier Row, which was broken into last week. Picture: THE LITTLE HAVENS

Manager Sue Barnes at The Little Havens charity shop, Collier Row Road, Collier Row, which was broken into last week. Picture: THE LITTLE HAVENS

The Little Havens

How low must criminals be to break into a charity shop which is raising money for a children’s hospice?

Staff at Little Havens Hospice shop in Collier Row were horrified to discover a break-in and that the burglars had stolen the weekend’s takings.

The thieves can’t claim they didn’t know who they were targeting.

Their victims are the volunteers who work hard in the shop, the sick children who will benefit from the money being raised and the kind-hearted residents who give clothing and items to be sold in the shop knowing the cash will help children and families at a difficult time.

Last week the Rainbow Trust children’s charity shop in Harold Wood was vandalised.

On a happier note, I was delighted to be invited to the Mercury Mall Awards last week celebrating the staff who work in the Romford shopping centre.

These are the people who help keep our local economy going and the awards night is a glitzy way to thank them for their efforts as well as a chance for them to let their hair down.

It was the same night as the general election – which proved to be more exciting and interesting than many of us had expected.

The Recorder would like to congratulate Andrew Rosindell and Jon Cruddas, who retained their seats, and Julia Dockerill, who becomes the new Conservative MP for Hornchurch and Upminster.

All three constituencies were retained by their parties which suggests the work they have been doing in the borough is appreciated.

I would also like to thank all the candidates who came to the Recorder’s Facebook Live hustings and made them such a success.

It was the first time we had held them and the first time most of the candidates had done anything like it.

When you do something for the first time you’re never sure if it will work but we were very pleased with the result.

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